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Today I’m sharing with you an interview I did with the amazing Ashley M. Seruya. Ashley is a virtual assistant, social work intern, and content creator specializing in Health at Every Size©, eating disorder recovery, and weight stigma.
As Health At Every Size© (HAES©) is becoming a more popular concept and moving into the mainstream, myths and misconceptions around it have inevitably developed. Most people seem at least confused by this weight-inclusive method of care if not completely averse to it. This makes sense in a world where we have been socialized to fear fat.
But HAES© has a lot to offer all of us, especially when you consider that there is no known way to lose weight and keep it off for the long-term. Shifting our focus from trying to lose weight to trying to care our bodies regardless of our weight can be very powerful.
- Ashley’s history with disordered eating and the recovery process she went through that led her to the work she’s doing now.
- How Health At Every Size© is a weight-inclusive approach towards well-being that does not prescribe health, but also understands that health can be achieved or sought after by people in all kinds of bodies.
- The difference between a weight-inclusive and weight-centric paradigm when it comes to healthcare.
- The myth that we have full control over our health.
- Thin privilege and concern trolling.
- Myths about HAES©, including the erroneous belief that it’s “healthy at every size” or “health at any size” and that HAES© is inherently healthist.
- How we have all been socialized to believe certain things about different bodies and these beliefs can be deconstructed.
- The inspiration behind Ashley’s fat-positive, HAES©-friendly art, including seeing the beauty in her own body.
- How Ashley defines health and wellness for herself at this moment in her life.
Mentioned in This Episode
- The Anti-Diet Project by Kelsey Miller
- Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life by Kelsey Miller
- The Food Psych Podcast with Christy Harrison
- The Minnesota Starvation Study
- Food Psych #127: Intuitive Eating & Health At Every Size FAQs with Ashley Seruya & Christy Harrison
- The Intuitive Eating book by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
- The Association for Size Diversity and Health HAES Principles
- The Association for Size Diversity and Health website
- Fat Is Not The Problem – Fat Stigma Is article by Linda Bacon and Amee Severson
- Facebook Group: HAES IG Task Force
- Facebook Group: Health At Every Size (HAES) for Therapists
- Facebook Group: FAT-POSI NYC!!
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